Photographer: Thomas H P Jerusalem, MUTE Photography
Model: Chiara Christ
Location: Super 8
One of the strongest arguments against photography as an art form is the ability of a viewer to simply and quickly take in all of the aspects of a photo, and move on. No back story. Nothing left to the imagination, as some would say. I challenge these people to dismiss the works of Thomas H.P.Jerusalem so quickly.
These are images that haunt you by being both familiar, and strange. They raise more questions than answers, and the longer you study them, the more mysteries come to light. Do you wonder what happened to the old dance hall, Model: Natalie Lowden? You wonder why the woman in white is walking the dog so late at night, and what is holding the dogís attention Black Ice, Model: Danielle Bateman, VOGUE Italia? Do you wonder why the model ís dress matches the wallpaper Tapetenwechsel, Model: Alicia Jerusalem, VOGUE Italia? Do you wonder why Hallie looks so dismayed “Hallie, Model: Hallie Marie”? They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but Thomas photos amplify that, as his silent images send our minds racing. As we search for answers, perhaps the reality is as simple as the quote at the top of his photography page.
It ís all about the power to freeze a Moment in Time for Eternity,î he explainsñ and that is exactly what he has done. ìIt was probably the many hours I spent with my dad, an amateur photographer, in his darkroom watching him turning plain white paper into wonderful pictures using a light machine and some fluids in colored trays, he explained. There was magic in this room behind the always closed door. I remember the dimmed red light, the film rolls, the developed negative films hanging on clothespins and the many wet photos posted on the tile walls until dry. Thomas said he would hold his breath, and watch as the white paper in the trays transformed into wonderful black and white photos that captured a moment in time, adding that this experience led him to his current passion for photography.
I can’t recall any specific one, there are too many that were ëbestí to me, he said as he tried to decide on a favorite photo experience, adding that all of his shoots have been uniquely memorable. Maybe the one when I was kind of paparazzi-shooting Heath Ledger during the Dark Knight films.